Announcements for 8/31/15

Dear South Bay Coalition to End Homelessness Members,
At the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) monthly Commission meeting held on 28 August, Executive Director Peter Lynn reported on the basement fire that broke out in the building in which it is headquartered.  The offices remained closed so staff has not been allowed to retrieve their computer servers; they cannot access their email accounts so please continue to use their temporary gmail accounts. Mr. Lynn said staff is moving into temporary downtown LA offices this coming week. He is hoping they will be allowed into their (closed) headquarter offices early this week as well; once this has happened and the servers are back on-line, you will be able to reach them via their regular email accounts.  Please check LAHSA’s home page for the most up-to-date information.
The following LAHSA meetings will be held at these changed venues:
  • Domestic Violence Community and Provider Stakeholders Mtg
    Monday, 31 August from 2:00-4:00 pm
    Housing Authority of the City of Pasadena, Community Rm (2nd Floor)

    649 N. Fair Oaks, Pasadena

  • Transitional Age Youth Community and Provider Stakeholders Mtg
    Thursday, 3 September from 1:30-3:30 pm

    Corporation for Supportive Housing
    800 S. Figueroa, Suite 810, Downtown Los Angeles

Other important national news is that Governor Dan Malloy announced Connecticut is the first state in the country to end chronic homelessness among Veterans. In addition to HUD-VASH housing vouchers with supportive services, the state has recently invested almost one billion dollars into the creation of over 14,300 affordable housing units.
Committee Mtg
Chair, Contact
Wednesday, September 2, 2015, 2:00-3:00 pm
Starbucks near Harbor/UCLA Medical Center
1171 W. Carson St, Torrance
Paul Stansbury
nancy wilcox
Please send announcements for general Coalition distribution to and have the word “Distribute” in the subject line, along with these summary details in the message body: Event name or Document title, Organizer/Writer’s Name, Date/Time, Location, Signup details, Purpose/Importance, Any additional helpful summary info (e.g., Intended audience).
Event: “Ellis” Evictions & Requirements to Remove a Rental Unit from the Housing Market
Organizer’s Name: LA Housing & Community Investment Department (HCIDLA)
Date/Time: Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at 10:00 am
Location: South Regional Office, 690 Knox St, Suite 125, Los Angeles
RSVP: Click here or call 213-928-9075
Purpose: This workshop explains the requirements for withdrawing accommodations from the rental housing market, commonly known as the Ellis Act. It establishes the right of landlords to withdraw existing housing accommodations, other than guestrooms or efficiency units within a residential hotel, from rent or lease.  It also allows local jurisdictions to adopt regulations controlling the withdrawal process, the return of withdrawn units to the rental market, the transfer of these property constraints to future owners, and the application of the Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO) to newly constructed units on Ellised properties.
Event: Supervising Case Managers Training
Organizer’s Name: United Homeless Healthcare Partners
Date/Time: Tuesday, September 15, 2015 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm (first of 6 monthly sessions)
Location: United Way Greater LA, 1150 S. Olive St, LA
Registration: Click here to register for this $1,200 course
Purpose: This program builds skills in organizational leadership and communications, along with a focus on leading practices in case management, supervising teams, data and documentation, performance management, and coaching. It is for new and experienced supervisors, and compliments UHHP’s Case Manager Training.  Readings and videos are provided online each month, with one full-day of in-person training each month with local experts and leadership trainers.  Participants will complete a project related to their work during the training.
Event: Service Planning Area 8 Regional Network Meeting
Organizer’s Name: Los Angeles County of Public Health
Date/Time: Wednesday, September 30, 2015 from 9:00- 11:30am
Location: Wilmington Sr Ctr, 1371 Eubank Ave, Wilmington
RSVP: Click here
Contacts: April Frank, 310-419-5518; Marie Gambon, 310-419-5307

Purpose:  Partnering with the Department of Mental Health to explore programs which improve mental health care access and provide skills for better self-care.  Mental wellness is a key indicator of overall health and impacts one’s risk for obesity.  The meeting will focus on:

  • Big H, Big N – Department of Mental Health’s strategic focus to improve overall health, Youngsook Kim-Sasaki, DMH SA 8 District Chief
  • Health Neighborhood – A system for improving coordination of care, Monique Holquin, Office of Integrated Care
  • Increasing the Capacity for Mental Health Self-Care Programs, Panel Discussion
Resource: All Alone: Antecedents of Chronic Homelessless
Published By: Economic Roundtable (ERt)
Purpose: ERt analyzed records of 942,000 LA public assistance recipients who experienced homelessness over the past nine years and found 13,000 are newly identified as homeless each month. This flow is unabated because multiple failures create paths into homelessness: families, schools, social services, health and mental health care, the criminal justice system, lack of affordable housing, and a stagnant labor market. The report advocates for public assistance programs to identify risk recipients, particularly children and young adults, and quickly connect them with the needed health and housing services provided by other organizations.
Resource: Lack of Affordable Housing Driving More Los Angelenos Into Poverty
Published By: California Housing Partnership Corp & Southern California Association of NonProfit Housing
Purpose: Update to its March 2014 report, which found a majority of lower-income households in Los Angeles County (LACo) lack access to affordable housing units. LACo has one of the highest poverty rates in the country at 26%, or one in every four households. Local policy recommendations to help alleviate the growing housing crisis are enumerated.
Resource: Breaking the Cycle of Veteran Incarceration and Homelessness: Emerging Communit Practices
Published By: US Interagency Council on Homelessness
Purpose: Like other single individuals experiencing homelessness, there is a high prevalence of criminal justice system involvement among Veterans experiencing homelessness. About one-half of all Veterans experiencing homelessness who have participated in VA homeless assistance programs are involved in the justice system. For Veterans and other people experiencing homelessness, homelessness and criminal justice system involvement are a double jeopardy-where the experience of one contributes to and exacerbates the risk of the other. This document presents five “intercept points” opportunities to break this cycle.
View webinar or download slides from the July 8th event
Volunteer Opportunity: Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) Art Exhibit
Agency: Center for the Pacific Asian Family
Dates: Thursday-Sunday, October 15-18, 2015, in 2-hour shifts between 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location: Chinese American Museum, 425 N. Los Angeles St, LA
Purpose: Seeking several volunteers to serve as museum guides, directing members of the public to engage with an exhibit of Survivor artwork.
Contact: Email to volunteer



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